Every day we are inundated with mass media. For someone who has a fear of flying, this can be disastrous. The more news reports there are about flights gone wrong, the less likely it is that a nervous flyer will ever want to jump on a plane. It’s time to turn off the news, and take a look at the real facts. While problems arise and accidents happen, flying is still one of the safest ways to travel. It’s also necessary if you ever want to take that dream vacation to a tropical island. The following is a list of reasons why flying isn’t as dangerous as you think.

  1. There are a lot of things that you could die from, including being hit by lighting, which is extremely rare, yet still more likely than dying in a plane crash.
  2. Plane accidents don’t usually mean fatalities. According to a 2014 report by Travel and Leisure, of the 301 airline accidents that have taken place over the past ten years, less than one-quarter of them had any fatalities.
  3. If you feel comforted by facts, consider this: according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, there were approximately 32 million departures in 2013. Of these departures, less than one in every 300,000 of those trips had accidents. Of those, only 1 in 3,000,000 resulted in fatalities. Picturing being in a plane crash is terrifying, but that doesn’t change the fact that the odds are in your favor.
  4. Technology has made it safer to fly. The worldwide safety record for flights is over 10 times better than it was during the 1960s. Advancements in technology can be thanked for this. Satellite global positions and telecommunications, for example, have greatly improved the precision of flights.
  5. Pilot training is extremely in-depth. It’s not at all easy to get your pilot’s license; it certainly cannot be compared to getting a basic driver’s license. You need to finish courses in physics, mathematics, and aeronautical engineering. The program has to be approved, too, by the Federal Aviation Administration. You have to log 250 total hours of flight time to get a commercial license, and 1,500 hours for an airline transport certificate. In all, the training takes years to complete.
  6. Pilot hiring is in-depth, too. Simply having the background, flight time, and education isn’t enough. Before an airline hires a pilot, they have to undergo aptitude, psychological, and physical tests.

Hopefully, you feel a bit easier about the possibility of getting on a plane. Now it’s time to start researching that trip you’ve been dreaming about. Check out Bluegreen Resorts for some inspiration and ideas. As Saint Augustine put it “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Don’t let the fear of flying take this experience away from you.